Poisoned: Polluted: Stripped: Diary of a small planet in deep trouble.
News item: 2,500 residents of Times Beach, Missouri, pack and leave their homes because deadly dioxin is on their streets and in their wells.
News item: Illegal narcotics are becoming the third and second largest cash crop of several States.
News Item: The fish have all died in remote lakes in Norway because of acid rain from industrial, centers six hundred miles away.
News Item: Jacques Cousteau, the deep-sea ocean expert, predicts that life within the oceans will be destroyed within twenty-five years.
News Item: 600 scientists from all over the world meet in Washington D. C and predict that a "medium-sized war, " employing only one-half of the presently-stored nuclear warheads, is all that will be needed to destroy mankind.
News Item: Word has leaked from high level leaders in Organized Labor that they are now prepared for a single massive strike that will so paralyze America that it will give no further opposition to Labor's demands.
We are on the edge of a terrible crisis, the worst in human history. Here is a very brief glimpse of some of what we are told about the last-day buildup of atmospheric, moral, economic and military problems:
"In the future the condition of things in the cities will grow more and more objectionable. . From the standpoint of health the smoke and dust of the cities are very objectionable." Testimonies, Volume 7, page 82 (1902)
"Satan is working in the atmosphere; he is poisoning the atmosphere, and here we are dependent upon God for our lives—our present and eternal life." Selected Messages, Book 2, page 52. (1890)"
"Wickedness and corruption will increase to such a degree that the very atmosphere of the cities will seem polluted." Country Living, page 29 (1907)
In 1909 she announced that immense conflicts would come all over the world, and "terrible scenes of strife and oppression beyond anything they had conceived of among the nations of the earth. . The strife. . will break forth with an intensity that you do not now anticipate."Life Sketches, page 421
"0 that God's people had a sense of the impending destruction of thousands of cities, now almost given to idolatry." Review and Herald, September 10, 1903.
"Satan is working with all his art and enchantments to keep men marching blindly onward until the Lord arises out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquities, when the earth shall disclose her blood and no more cover her slain. The whole world appears to be in the march to death."Manuscript 139, 1903.
"The tempest is coming, and we must get ready for its fury, by having repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord will arise to shake terribly the earth. We shall see troubles on all sides. Thousands of ships will be hurled into the depths of the sea. Navies will go down, and human lives will be sacrificed by millions." Signs of the Times, April 21, 1890.
"Many continue in the careless gratification of self—until they become so disgusted with life that they kill themselves. Dancing and carousing, drinking and smoking, indulging their animal passions, they go as an ox to the slaughter." Manuscript 139, 1903.
"I am bidden to declare the message that cities full of transgression, and sinful in the extreme, will be destroyed by earthquakes, by fire, by flood. All the world will be warned that there is a God who will display His authority as God. His unseen agencies will cause destruction, devastation, and death. All the accumulated riches will be as nothing." Manuscript 35, 1906.
"Fires will break out unexpectedly, and no human effort will be able to quench them.. Disasters by rail will become more and more frequent; confusion, collision, and death without a moment's warning will occur on the great lines of travel. The end is near; probation is closing. Oh, let us seek God while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near!" Signs of the Times, April 21, 1890.
"Soon great trouble will arise among the nations, trouble that will not cease until Jesus comes." Review and Herald, February 11, 1904.
"Calamities, earthquakes, floods, disasters by land and by sea will increase. God is looking upon the world today as He looked upon it in Noah's time. He is sending His message to people today as He did in the days of Noah."Review and Herald, December 11, 1900.
"Anarchy is seeking to sweep away all law, not only divine, but human. The centralizing of wealth and power; the vast combinations for the enriching of the few at the expense of the many; the combinations of the poorer classes for the defense of their interests and claims; the spirit of unrest, of riot and bloodshed; the worldwide dissemination of the same teachings that led to the French Revolution [of 1789] all are tending to involve the whole world in a struggle similar to that which convulsed France."Education, page 228.
"The time is near, when large cities will be swept away." Manuscript 53, 1910.
"The agencies of evil are combining their forces, and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final events will be rapid ones." Testimonies, Volume 9, page 11 (1909).
"The spiritual darkness that covers the whole earth today, is intensified in the crowded centers of population." Review and Herald, April 7, 1910.
"Satan is busily at work in our crowded cities. His work is to be seen in the confusion, the strife and discord between labor and capital, and the hypocrisy that has come into the churches. . Step by step, the world is reaching the conditions that existed in the days of Noah. Every conceivable crime is committed. . the force used to cause men to unite with confederacies and unions—binding themselves up in bundles for the burning of the great fires of the last days—all these are the working of Satanic agencies. This round of crime and folly men call 'life' "Manuscript 139, 1903.
" 'Out of the cities' is my message. . The time is near when large cities will be visited by the judgments of God. In a little while, these cities will be terribly shaken. No matter how large or how strong their buildings, no matter how many safeguards against fire may have been provided; let God touch these buildings and in a few minutes or a few hours they are in ruins. The ungodly cities of our world are to be swept away by the besom of destruction." Testimonies, Volume 7, page 83 (1902)
"The time is fast coming when the controlling power of the labor unions will be very oppressive. Again and again the lord has instructed me that the people are to take their families away from the cities into the country, where they can raise their own provisions; for in the future the problem of buying and selling will be a very serious one. . Get out of the cities into rural districts, where, the houses are not crowded closely together, and where you will be free from the interference of enemies."Letter 5, 1904.
“The line of distinction between professed Christians and the ungodly is now hardly distinguishable. Many church members love what the world loves and are ready to join with them, and Satan determines to unite them in one body and thus strengthen his cause by sweeping all into the ranks of spiritualism. Papists, who boast of miracles as a certain sign of the true church, will be readily deceived by this wonder-working power; and Protestants, having cast away the shield of truth, will also be deluded. Papists, protestants, and worldlings will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium." Great Controversy; pages 588-589.
"There are not many, even among educators and statesmen, who comprehend the causes that underlie the present state of society. Those who hold the reins of government are not able to solve the problem of moral corruption, poverty, pauperism, and increasing crime. They are struggling in vain to place business operations on a more secure basis; If men would give more heed to the teachings of God's Word, they would find a solution." Testimonies, Volume 9, page 13.
“Many ministers are teaching their people, and many professors and teachers are instructing their students, that the law of God [the Ten Commandments]—has been changed or abrogated [set aside]; and those who regard its requirements as still valid, to be literally obeyed, are thought to be deserving only of ridicule or contempt In rejecting the truth, men reject its Author. In trampling upon the law of God, they deny the authority of the lawgiver. . Though in a different form, idolatry exists in the Christian world today as verily as if existed among ancient Israel in the days of Elijah. The god of many professedly wise men, of philosophers, poets, politicians, journalists,—the god of polished fashionable circles, of many colleges and universities, even of some theological institutions,—is little better than Baal, the sun-god of Phoenicia.
“No error accepted by the Christian world strikes more boldly against the authority of Heaven, none is more pernicious in its results, than the modern doctrine, so rapidly gaining ground, that God’s law is no longer binding upon men. Every nation has its laws, which command respect and Obedience; no government could exist without them; and can it be conceived that the Creator of the heavens and the earth has no law to govern the beings He has made?"'—Great Controversy, pages 58-584.
“lt is Satan's Purpose to attract men and women to the cities, and to gain his object he invents every kind of novelty, and amusement, every kind of excitement And the cities of the earth today are becoming as were the cities before the Flood. . In the days before the Flood, every kind of amusement was invented to lead men and women to forgetfulness of God and sin. Today. . Satan is working with intensity, that the same conditions of evil shall prevail. And the earth is becoming corrupt. . At such a time as this, the people who are seeking to keep the commandments of God should look for retired places away from the cities." Manuscript 85, 1908.
“Men are seeking to bring those engaged in the different trades under bondage to certain unions. This is not God's planning, but the planning of a power that we should in no wise acknowledge.. We are not to unite with secret societies or with trades unions. We are to stand free in God, looking constantly to Christ for instruction." Testimonies, Volume 7, page 84 (1902).
“The trades unions will be one of the agencies that will bring upon this earth a time of trouble such as has not been since the world began."Letter 200, 1903
"Fearful tests and trials await the people of God. The spirit of war is stirring the nations from one end of the earth to the other." Testimonies, Volume 9, page 17. (1909)
"During a vision of the night, I stood on an eminence, from which I could see houses shaken like a reed in the wind. Buildings, great and small, were falling to the ground. Pleasure resorts, theaters, hotels, and the homes of the wealthy were shaken and shattered. Many lives were blotted out of existence, and the air was filled with the shrieks of the injured and the terrified." Testimonies, Volume 9, page 92. (1909)
"Last Friday morning, just before I awoke, a very impressive scene was presented before me. I seemed to awake from sleep but was not in my home. From the windows I could behold a terrible conflagration. Great balls of fire were falling upon houses, and from these balls fiery arrows were flying in every direction. It was impossible to check the fires that were kindled, and many places were being destroyed. The terror of the people was indescribable."Letter 278, 1906.
"In the world, gigantic monopolies will be formed. . A few men will combine to grasp all the means to be obtained in certain lines of business. [Also] trades unions will be formed, and those who refuse to join these unions will be marked men."Letter 26, 1903.
"Erelong there will be such strife and confusion in the cities, that those who wish to leave them will not be able." Statement, April 6,1903.
It is clear that predictions given over half a century ago are now coming to pass. We are living in the time of the end.